National Road Safety Authority to ‘ground’ transport companies over reckless driving

Normal Information of Wednesday, 15 January 2020


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The Nationwide Street Basic (NRSA) says it will quickly get started to floor corporations whose motorists do not adhere to street regulations.

It comes immediately after 34 Ghanaians perished in a highway incident at Dompoase close to Komenda in the Central area Tuesday.

Preliminary investigations have blamed the incident on overspeeding from the motorists.

Speaking to Francis Abban on the Morning Starr Wednesday, Kwame Koduah Atuahene, Head of Interaction at the Road Security Authority will start out to put into practice the powers that they have now received.

“Unfortunately in the previous, establishments dealt with our recommendations with contempt but now we have the energy so we will deal with these issues. I can guarantee you that this accident would be investigated.

“We have the mandate to ground transport organizations when the restrictions are produced. We can use the existing legislation now,” he explained.

Meanwhile, the Motor Website traffic and Transportation Division, MTTD of the Law enforcement in a statement, called on buddies and relations of these who travelled to Accra or was coming to Takoradi all-around that time of the accident and are however to the listen to from them to go to the Central Regional Clinic in Cape Coast to verify on them.

Road Safety Authority awaits policy direction on ‘Okada’ use

The Nationwide Highway Protection Authority (NRSA) has known as for a new coverage way on the use of bikes and tricycles for commerce in the state, adhering to the death of 732 folks involving January and December final yr.

That, it explained, was needed, in see of the popular use of motorcycles for professional and personal activities, a business enterprise acknowledged commonly as ‘Okada’.

“We assume that there really should be a new policy direction about the use of motorcycles and tricycles. This is for the reason that considerably as we imagine that the legislation has offered that it is illegal to use them for fare-spending, we see it taking place,” the Director in demand of Scheduling and Programming at the NRSA, Mr David Osafo Adonteng, advised the Daily Graphic.


“Most people today have identified benefit for the use of motorcycles other people are stating that it is a supply of employment, many others imagine it is a way to survive — the younger males, for case in point.

“Others as well imagine it is a implies of transportation that is aiding areas that are very deprived of general transportation. Some also assume it is helping in healthcare shipping expert services in the rural locations. This indicates ‘Okada’ has now absent outside of common use,” he reported, and cited the use of motorcycles in the agricultural and educational sectors.

In accordance to him, motorcycles had still left the arena of use for non-public uses for industrial use and if Ghanaians were being not mindful, the scenario could escalate.


“We be expecting the Ministry of to arrive out quickly and give us a way as to the new policy on using bikes and tricycles in , and then the agencies dependable for its implementation — the NRSA, the law enforcement and the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA) — will arrive up with some regulatory mechanisms to be equipped to management the scenario,” Mr Adonteng explained.

Korle Bu admissions

Early this year, the Accident, Unexpected emergency and Orthopaedic of the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital indicated that ‘Okada’ incidents topped street incident circumstances during the Christmas and New Calendar year time period.

On December 22 and 23, it stated, the country’s biggest clinic recorded 30 road incident victims, out of which 20 were being ‘Okada’ situations.
Amongst December 30, 2019 and January 1, this calendar year, the clinic recorded 79 auto situations, 58 of them involving bikes and a single bicycle case.


The law enforcement, Mr Adonteng said, appeared handicapped when it arrived to the implementation of the law banning the use of motorbikes for professional reasons, looking at the situation on the floor.

“It indicates that there are problems relating to enforcement and I really do not feel that a regulation that are unable to be enforced really should cease to be effective,” he claimed.

He explained the Ministry of Transportation tasked the NRSA, the police and DVLA to go spherical the country and search at the magnitude of the issue of the use of bikes, noting that in the course of the rounds, they observed that the challenge was popular that it had absent beyond safety, getting into into the region of economics.


Mr Adonteng mentioned the use of motorcycles was a menace in the region owing to their reckless use for professional functions.

He claimed even if the Ministry of Transportation gave acceptance for their use in the rural places, where there was deficiency of appropriate transport companies, “it even now has to be regulated under a rigorous regulatory regime”.

National Lottery Authority introduces *787# mobile lottery

New lottery operative Wotiriyɛ has in collaboration with the Countrywide Lottery (NLA) released an exciting cellphone-centered game identified as *787#.

The target of this recreation is to simplify the working experience of playing the lottery.

Anyone above 18 many years of age with a cell phone can play and they do not even need to have an high priced mobile phone mainly because the recreation is effective with any style of cell telephone.

Followers who want to perform and earn major at their individual benefit merely have to dial *787# and abide by the prompts on their mobile telephones.

There is a charge of GHC 5.00  to participate in, and participants can gain from 6 various prize types with weekly wins of up to GHC20,000 and a jackpot that will get started at GHC 50,000.

The match is performed as a result of the attract of random numbers and winners are identified by matching the picked digits with elements of their mobile mobile phone quantities.

Richard Akoto Bamfo, Head of Purchaser Working experience at Wotiriyɛ Lottery said “we launched this sport to offer you our shoppers value for dollars. The video game delivers an chance for contributors to love weekly wins by means of the usefulness of their cellular phones.”

NLA Director Standard Kofi Osei-Ameyaw mentioned “today is yet a different instance of the new goods that we are bringing on board. So this really should be not an expectation but a reality.  This is crystal clear example that new products are . And that they really should be ready to offer the products and see what they can get out of it.”

“At the close of the working day we want to convey much more goods, a lot more technological know-how into the video game to make it obtainable to folks and also to help hire individuals, also get into other parts in terms of information selection and knowledge mining. Because we are the largest POS operator in the region, we have the infrastructure that presents us all the community in phrases of API we cook dinner the country together and we are on the path. And I think that is how it fits in the tech travel,” he extra.

There will be weekly draws and gamers can earn from different prize classes with a one-time participation in the jackpot prize that commences at GHC 50,000”

The match has currently operate in a pilot application in certain elements of the nation, and has been pretty nicely gained.

Evelyn Addo a seamstress and latest winner from Accra claimed “it is a good game. I received GHC 20,000 and it was extremely thrilling. I like how uncomplicated it is to enjoy just utilizing my cell phone”.

The community is urged to see the newspapers, pay attention to the radio and visit the Facebook webpage for much more aspects on precisely how to perform this thrilling new *787# activity.

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Library Authority Launches ‘Read2Skill’ e-Learning Project

The Ghana Library has launched the ‘Read2skill’ initiative to enable Ghanaians to undertake classes on the entire world largest open up discovering platform, Udemy.

The venture, supported by Commonwealth of Learning (CoL), the world’s only inter-governmental organisation only involved with the marketing and enhancement of distance education and learning and open up mastering, is giving a complete scholarship to 1 thousand Ghanaians in its to start with 12 months as a result of a aggressive software procedure.

This is element of the Authority’s Calendar year of Mastering tactic,

Acting Head of Company Affairs at Ghana Library Authority, Jemima Ansong, indicated that Ghana was chosen as portion of 4 nations in the commonwealth to reward from the partnership.

The other countries in the commonwealth whose citizens will profit from this chance incorporate Kenya, Rwanda and Bangladesh.

“The globe major on-line learning platform, Udemy has been engaged by Commonwealth of Understanding to collaborate with the Ghana Library Authority to provide these courses. Udemy has far more than 30 million pupils and 50,000 instructors instructing programs in 60 languages.

“Courses available for enrolment by Ghanaians are in the area of Information Science, Cloud Computing, Task Administration, IT Functions, Layout, Finance and Accounting, Human Resource, Management and Management, Business office Productiveness, Marketing, Sales and some others.” She mentioned.

“As the next oldest incorporated establishment by an Act of parliament in the nation, we have promoted reading and everyday living-extended mastering for the previous 70 years and it is only organic for us to react to the demands of our culture.

“In as considerably as we boost leisure studying, it is incumbent on us to also assure that, our patrons have access to options for self-enhancement to permit them to come to be desirable on the career marketplace that’s why our quest to leverage on know-how partners to roll out this prospect for Ghanaians,” reported Hayford Siaw, Executive Director of Ghana Library Authority.

He extra, “a several months back, we unveiled our cellular App on iOS and Android to give opportunity for Ghanaians to have accessibility to leisure reading through contents and the outside of this discovering system with CoL and Udemy, is in furtherance to the item of our Technological know-how tactic to radically join Ghanaians to awareness means.”

Head of Technologies and Innovation at Ghana Library Authority, Janice Tagoe also said, “For decades, have been regarded as the college for all people and we are just dwelling by our legitimate existence that is to be the college for everyone’’.

Ghana Library Authority has opened purposes from right now, January 6 to January 31, for intrigued candidates to apply at

The 1000 productive candidates will be presented total scholarship to enrol on their chosen programs.


Free Zones Authority CEO feeds over 1,200 children in Koforidua

To make the Christmas a memorable one for Young in New Juaben South Constituency of the Japanese Area, the CEO for No cost , Hon. Michael Okyere Baafi on Monday arranged a social gathering to rejoice Xmas with the Small .

This custom started 3 years back and has grow to be an yearly which has observed a significant transformation and enhancement as each and every celebration calendar year comes with a new pack of routines to enthuse the children.

A section of kids at the party

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In accordance to Mr Okyere Baafi, the function has come to continue to be because that is his compact way of giving hope to little ones most specifically the needy and fatherless to make them truly feel approved in modern society.

Monday’s edition fed in excess of 1,200 little ones who were also offered garments, presents, and instructional materials.

Mr Okyere Baafi addressing beneficiary at the function

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The function also served the little ones to investigate and socialize with other youngsters to make their psychological framework for tutorial excellence.

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Kalybos possessing enjoyment with some kids

Mr Baafi also admonished mom and dad to take fantastic treatment of their wards and acquire gain of the Cost-free Instruction Coverage to permit them excel in lifestyle.

He reiterated, as small children, you have no excuse not to go to school.

We spent about GH¢6m on ‘Year of Return’ campaign – Tourism Authority

General News of Monday, 30 December 2019


CEO of Ghana Tourism Authority, Akwesi AgyemangCEO of Ghana Tourism Authority, Akwesi Agyemang

The Ghana Tourism Authority says it about GH¢ 6 million in advertising of the ‘Year of ’ campaign in and out of the region.

The Main Officer of the Authority, Akwesi Agyemang stated the expenditure did not incorporate paying on media documentaries.

Talking on the Citi Breakfast Exhibit on Monday, he said the returns much exceeded the government’s expenditure.

“We spent somewhere in the region closer to GH¢6 million, so that is like a $1 million to marketplace this regionally, internationally together with all the supports. It has been like a wonder if you appear at even the media aspect of this possessing Aljazeera, BBC, CNN, Ebony Magazine, Essence and all of them here, we even had Buzzfeed coming in to do an additional documentary, we could not have paid out for the media,” he mentioned.

He added that the Tourism Authority immediately engaged groups this kind of as the Countrywide Affiliation for the Development of Colored Folks (NAACP) and the Congressional Black Caucus of the US to travel in additional guests to Ghana as part of the campaign.

Akwesi Agyemang explained aside from applying influential teams and individuals to advertise the campaign, electronic adverts were being carried out.

“We did extra with the tiny that we had, that is why we didn’t go getting big flamboyant campaigns on worldwide media. We went immediately to the individuals that could give us the quantities. We utilized more of an influencer tactic to the marketing…We did a large amount of social media, we did Google Ads. We seriously went electronic more than any other detail,” he claimed on the Citi Breakfast Demonstrate.

The Yr of Return campaign, an initiative by the Akufo-Addo authorities, centered on encouraging African diasporans to occur specifically to Ghana to settle and devote in the continent.

Introduced in September 2018, the campaign is thought to have raked in $1.9 billion into Ghana’s economic climate.

Ghana’s Tourism Minister Barbara Oteng-Gyasi who disclosed this for the duration of the explained for the duration of the inauguration of a tourist center at Anomabo, a city in the Central Region stated the initiative experienced been very successful with foreign trade coming in by way of expense in air journey, lodge accommodation, transport fares, as nicely as other key leisure events.

This initiative has viewed an array of famous people across the globe make their way into Ghana to take a look at, study and recognize their roots, as nicely as, unite with Africans on the continent.

Steve Harvey, Nicole Ari Parker, Diggy Simmons, and Micheal Jai White, Ludacris, Cardi B, and Bozoma Saint John have been amongst a host of famous people to have used a considerable element of their thirty day period in Ghana.

President swears in National Film Authority Board

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo yesterday inaugurated the Nationwide Film (NFA) with a demand on customers to develop the field into a worthwhile enterprise.

He claimed this sort of a goal could be accomplished if members adopted the ideal approaches by putting their abilities to play.
The board, which is chaired by ace Ghanaian actor, David Dontoh, is tasked with the obligation of guaranteeing an economically self-sustaining and culturally conscious movie marketplace.
It is also to suggest the sector minister on matters regarding the industry, aid the establishment of a circuit for the distribution and marketing of Ghanaian films equally in and exterior the country, and also guarantee the development of a code of ethics for the marketplace.
Other than, the board will oversee a Movie Progress Fund and also set requirements for the accreditation and instruction of practitioners in the marketplace.
President Akufo-Addo administered the official oath and the oath of secrecy to the 14-member board and said:

“In Mr David Dontoh, just one of the primary actors of this technology, I think we have a person who totally satisfies the prerequisites of the stature and who can be dependable to see to the implementation of the functions of the authority.

“We have a good deal of proficient persons throughout all the spectrums of the business — actors, actresses, promoters, producers, administrators, technicians — and with the requisite support from the governing administration, the financial institutions, and the personal sector, the authority ought to be capable to put our business on the continental and world wide maps.”

The President claimed the Nigerian movie field, recognized as Nollywood, gained above $1 billion dollars per year, expressing Ghallywood, the Ghanaian business need to be capable to do similarly.

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Ghana Tourism Authority clamps down on businesses in Tema

The Authority (GTA) in Tema is closing down services in the enclave for not having to pay the obligatory levy.

The nationwide workout is in line with the Tourism Act, which seeks to boost basic safety and safety in the marketplace.

The Tourism Levy stipulated in the Tourism Act 817 of 2011 went into the Tourism Development Fund and intended to present the requisite resources for the sustainable progress of the tourism business in Ghana.

Some facilities and institutions right after quite a few notices had refused to pay back the levies they accumulate from their clients into specified financial institution accounts as demanded.

This necessitated the go by the GTA to embark on an workout dubbed “100 per cent payment or closure” to retrieve complete payments of these levies and failure to comply led to an outright closure.

In Tema, around 350 registered hospitality amenities have been envisioned to pay back the one for each cent levy every month whiles 30 of such facilities inside Tema had been in arrears of GH?109,000.00.

Speaking to the Ghana Information Agency (GNA) all through the exercise, Mr Reginald Reindorf Malm, a Principal High quality Assurance Officer, Ghana Tourism Authority, stated the enforcement of the levy was in line with the Tourism Act 817 and the Tourism Legislation Instrument (LI) 2185.

“It is really evident that some the enterprises are deliberately or blatantly refusing to do payment of the levy which is meant ultimately to increase the tourism sector,” he mentioned.

According to him, some hospitality facilities immediately after receiving notices complied and had presently paid as expected, introducing that his outfit would ensure demanding compliance in Tema and its environs.

Whilst commending some accommodations in Tema for adhering to their payment obligations, he warned many others to adhere to the Tourism Act as any delays in payments could direct to outright closure of their facilities.

Other services issued checks to obvious their exceptional arrears quickly whiles many others have been presented ultimatum to so.

A few facilities were being shut down in Tema and 75 per cent of the arrears was recovered.

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